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3 - Kant on Mathematics and the Metaphysics of Corporeal Nature

The Role of the Infinitesimal

from Part I - Roots

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 April 2020

Carl Posy
Affiliation:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ofra Rechter
Affiliation:
Tel-Aviv University
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This paper tracks the shift and the continuity in Kant’s views about the relation between mathematics and physics from the early precritical Physical Monadology (1756) up to the middle critical Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (1786) and compares the ways that Kant uses the mathematical ideas of infinite divisibility and the notion of infinitesimal to ground basic metaphysical notions such as contact and corporeal nature.

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Print publication year: 2020

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